Cumulus Media news/talk WPRO Providence (630) plans a day of broadcasts aimed at confronting the opioid crisis and how it impacts Rhode Island and Southern New England.
“Enough: WPRO’s Opioid Awareness Day” will air Sept. 13 beginning at 6am as the station partners with local organizations and businesses to bring listeners personal stories of addiction and recovery, information about city and state programs designed to help, and the physical and physiological effects of opioids that lead to the addiction.
Guests include former Boston Celtics player Chris Herren, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo and First Gentleman Andy Moffit, mental health advocate and former Congressman Patrick Kennedy, recovery advocate John Tassoni, leaders from industries affected by the crisis and first responders.
Partners include BHLink.net, BuildRI, Alkermes Pharmaceuticals, Lincoln Prevention Coalition & Lincoln Police Department, and CharterCare Health Partners.
“As the opioid crisis continues to threaten the state of Rhode Island, WPRO understands that we have a responsibility to use our voice and our platform to discuss this terrifying epidemic,” Market Manager Holly Paras said in a release. “I am proud to be part of a station that understands this responsibility and is bringing this difficult but critically important conversation to the community.”
WPRO also airs on WEAN-FM (99.7).